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|Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:51 pm Post subject: NJ 9/11 Memorial Foundation & The “Empty Sky” Memorial
From Thu Sep 04, 2008 3:00 am to Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:59 am (included)
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact – James C. “Rick” Cahill
Phone – 973-575-6426
Cell – 862-485-0580
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation Inc.
The “Empty Sky” Memorial
Jersey City, NJ – As the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 approaches renewed attention will be given to memorializing the victims of those attacks. Remembrances will be held once again at Ground Zero and at numerous other locations throughout the United States.
On Thursday, September 11, 2008, the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation will be holding a brief ceremony at the Central NJ Railroad Terminal in Liberty State Park. The ceremony is scheduled for 1:30pm and is expected to draw friends, colleagues, family members, survivors, and legislators to the site where the NJ 9/11 Memorial “Empty Sky” will be built.
Shortly after the attacks in 2001, acting Governor DiFransesco created a Memorial Commission to develop a permanent memorial to honor those lost and to be a focal point at one of this country’s most historic parks.
Less than a year later, Governor McGreevey sought the help and guidance of the public in selecting a fitting memorial and advising the Memorial Commission when he created the New Jersey Family & Survivors Memorial Committee.
Over the course of the next two years the Family & Survivors Committee worked with the Office of Recovery and Victim’s Assistance and the New Jersey executive and legislative branches in conducting an international design competition, which resulted in more than 300 qualified designs being submitted. A professional jury reviewed the designs and ultimately the Family & Survivors Committee unanimously chose “Empty Sky” as the winning design.
The State of New Jersey appropriated $6 million and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey donated $7 million toward this project during 2004. On September 10, 2004, ground was broken for the “Empty Sky” memorial at a ceremony with more than 350 people in attendance.
Preliminary site work has been completed at Liberty State Park and construction estimates have been received and reviewed, but much work remains to be done. The New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation was formed in 2008 as a registered 501(c)(3) charity to raise the additional funds that will be needed to complete this lasting memorial to honor the lives of 740 of New Jersey’s proudest citizens.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony on September 11th in Liberty State Park. Additional information on the “Empty Sky” memorial and the foundation will be available at the ceremony. Information is also available on the foundation’s website (www.nj911memorial.org) where secure online donations can also be made.